Pictured above: Coral Brown, Erica Taxin Bleznak and Daniel Cordua

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This week’s question: What yoga pose helps you beat the blues?

Whether it’s upside-downs, twists or backbending, there’s one thing almost every yogi can agree on…Yoga of any kind helps to lift your spirits!

Coral Brown: I find that handstands generally are great for changing my perspective. However, if I am not feeling motivated for such a solar practice then I will typically just start moving with some classical variations of surya namaskar and see what comes from there!

Tymi Howard: Handstand

Maura Manzo: Prasarita Padottanasana is my go-to pose for everything. It’s my favorite for both my body and for my mind.

Natalie Levin: I do struggle with clinical, chemical depression, and I keep hearing that back-bending helps to combat this. I imagine this would be true were I to actually do back-bends every day! I find that my mood feels lighter if I do a few handstands and get all the blood away from my feet and into my head. I also get very excited when I find a moment of balance in that pose. It feels so magical!

Erick DuPree: Baddha Utthita Parsvakonasana (Bound Extended Side Angle) is my favorite, ‘beat the blues’ pose. Extended Side Angle was always a favorite, and one day Alex Holmes offered the bind as part of a transition to Bird Of Paradise. Suffice to say, I’m still working out Bird of Paradise, but I’m loving the bind!

Girish: The nine healing breaths

Allison Sobel: Sun Salutations A & B and Urdhva Dhanurasana

Joe Longo: Any forward fold. I find when I’m in a simple forward fold I can allow myself to totally let go.

Paul Dunn: Adho Mukha Svavasana: Downward Facing Dog

Cara Bradley: Step-Back Sun Salutes get me moving in rhythm with my breath and perk me up instantly. The repetitive movements combined with deep breathing drop me into a quiet, calm, and clear space. They also energize me mentally and physically. My self practice is sometimes 30 minutes of step-back sun salutes.

Erica Taxin Bleznak: Pincha Mayurasana

How do you kick the blues? Share your pick-me-up pose with us below.